News Briefs: Ballwin plans craft beer festival

BALLWIN City plans craft beer festival In the first of what could become an annual event, the city of Ballwin is partnering with a local restaurant to hold a craft beer festival on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Vlasis Park. Linda Bruer, director of parks and recreation, and Jessica Crawley, a recreation specialist, reviewed plans for the event at the Aug. 18 Ballwin Board of Aldermen meeting. According to Crawley, Matt Struemph, the department’s fitness manager, suggested the idea earlier this year and it quickly gained momentum. The Circle 7 Ranch Taphouse & Grill agreed to partner with the city and ...

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Revenue from truckers, or Missouri’s fair share

To the Editor:  I suggest a remedy that will raise revenues from long distance truckers. Mandate that each long distance trucker show proof that $25 of fuel was purchased in this state. If no purchase was made, they must pay a $25 fee to obtain a certificate in lieu of the fuel purchase. Those certificates will be dated daily and administered at weigh stations. The truckers have to pay for fuel anyway, so why not Missouri getting $25 either through that fuel purchase or the fee in lieu thereof. This prevents fill-ups in Illinois and Kansas causing Missouri to be ...

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Corporations avoiding taxes

To the Editor: A cartoon in the Aug. 20 issue of West Newsmagazine asks why do we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world? A better question is: Why do so many corporations avoid paying their taxes by special tax breaks, subsidies and tax loopholes as well as keeping money in offshore tax-free bank accounts? Some very profitable corporations pay no taxes. It is weird that we subsidize oil companies that are making billions in profits. Our infrastructure is in dire need of repair and replacement, but until corporations and wealthy people pay their fair share of taxes ...

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Flipping Ferguson

To the Editor: The shooting in Ferguson of the 18-year-old unarmed black male by a policeman is an example of a lawman doing the opposite of what is expected of a lawman; that is to protect the people and the community from harm. If the witnesses are telling the truth, the victim (the 18-year-old) was fatally harmed by an officer of the law who delivered several shots to him while his hands were up in the air. The victim was executed. To add more injury to harm, the Ferguson Police Department seems to be protecting the offender, the officer that ...

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West County boil order has been lifted

Boil order advisory has been issued for West St Louis County. Due to a power outage at a Missouri American water treatment plant a boil order advisory has been issued for portions of Ballwin, Manchester and Town & Country.

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De Smet Jesuit falls, John Burroughs rolls in football openers

Hazelwood Central senior quarterback Mike Glass and senior running back Kevin Batt made life as miserable for the De Smet Jesuit defense as the blistering heat at Hazelwood Central on Saturday. Glass passed for 194 yards passing and ran for 122 yards on the ground while Batt ran for 125 yards on 12 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns as Hazelwood Central pounded the Spartans 49-24. All in all the Hawks rolled up 596 yards of offense on an overmatched De Smet Jesuit defense. The day was not a total loss for the Spartans though as junior quarterback Andrew Effer ...

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Students invited to play in Gridiron Classic

Students in second- through eighth-grade are invited to attend the Kennedy Gridiron Classic on Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. on the John F. Kennedy varsity field. One full-length game for each grade will be played, with three high-school referees. All players will receive a free gift for attending. For more information, call Coach Combs at (314)706-0440.  

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Eureka holds off Lafayette with stop in final minute

  When it was over, Eureka coach Farrell Shelton and his staff could breathe a big sigh of relief. But not until the final seconds and the final drive. On the Lafayette side of the field, it was a frustrating sense of rallying back but coming up short. Eureka’s defense stuffed Lafayette quarterback Cameron Scales on a two-point conversion in the closing seconds and the Wildcats held on for a 17-15 victory over Highway 109 rivals Friday night at Lafayette. In a sloppy opener that took over three hours and had 20 penalties racked up by both teams, it was ...

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